An e-mail from Rear Admiral Crusing, Mike Rider, went to registrants for the Wild Atlantic Way this week with an update on the cruise, it read as follows:
“As you have previously registered your interest in taking part in the Royal Cork Yacht Club Wild Atlantic Way Cruise 2021, I wanted to provide a quick update on where we are with the planning for the event. The good news is that we are still planning on going ahead with the cruise but with a reduced social and entertainment program. For Yachts travelling from outside of Ireland, we are hoping that the current Covid restrictions relating to nonessential travel will be relaxed by the beginning of July, in order for them to be able to come to Ireland without the need to quarantine.
We are currently working on the principle that when socialising, crew from boats will be required to remain within their own pods in order to comply with Covid safety guidelines. With this in mind, I am in the process of identifying restaurants, pubs, and other venues that we will be able to go to along the route. The departure date will be Sat 10 July 21 from the Royal Cork Yacht Club and we are aiming to arrive in Bantry on Sat 17 July 21. The route will be flexible and give you the freedom to stay longer in places you like or explore other locations that may not be on the route. After arriving in Bantry, depending upon interest, there may be an option to cruise more extensively in the Bantry Bay area and/or go on to Dingle.
I am positive that the inventiveness and comradery of the cruising sailor and your sense of fun will still make this a very enjoyable event, and this combined with the fantastic locations, hospitality, restaurants, bars, food, experiences and craic on offer along the Wild Atlantic Way, it will be a memorable time for all. I will be writing to you again soon with more detail. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or preferences for the event, please let me know.”
Rear Admiral Cruising and Wild Atlantic Way 2021 Cruising Director